This book contains readings of canonical Western philosophical texts from the viewpoint of current feminist thinking. The contributors focus specifically on the ways in which modern Western philosophy constructs genders and analyzes gender relations. They provide a detailed analysis of modern philosophers' conceptions of masculinity and femininity and call attention to the intertwining of gender with conceptual schema and networks.
"Each essay blends careful historical analysis and feminist theory. Also, these are not 'add women and stir' works, that is, they truly integrate feminist theory (and ultimately transform the texts) rather than take the texts as given and simply 'add on' women's experiences. This is NEW feminist scholarship. Each treatment brings something new to our understanding of a canonical work. " — Diane Raymond, Simmons College
"Bar On includes historical, psychological, literary (poststructural) in addition to philosophical essays and clearly forges the current forefront of feminist responses to classical texts of Western philosophy. " — Inez Alfors, State University of New York, College at Oswego